Political gridlock could prevent FTC from getting disgorgement powers

Congressional backers of giving the Federal Trade Commission more powers to recover ill-gotten gains will need a host of skills. But the most important one may be ensuring they can count to 60.

Neill Averitt

Protecting businesses from telemarketing scams

The Federal Trade Commission has long protected individual consumers from scams, but now it’s devoting more attention to scams that target businesses. This reflects a fundamental broadening of the agency’s sense of its mission.

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With Blunt’s objection, Bedoya’s path to FTC on hold

A Republican senator is vowing to hold up Alvaro Bedoya’s confirmation because he wants the Federal Trade Commission to approve the acquisition of a farm supply company in his state. 

‘Wait-and-see’ study could reveal breadth of social media harms

Americans are on the verge of getting proof of being subjected to social engineering experiments through social media, based on the results of a two-year Federal Trade Commission inquiry.

Sims touts Australia-US efforts to rein in Big Tech

Whether it was good luck, a penchant for self-promotion or the perfect timing of a probe into digital platforms, Rod Sims has been riding a wave in global antitrust over the past five years. The...

Privacy Corner: Meet Matt Fossen of Proton AG

US privacy policy should have a higher standard beyond “people shouldn’t be lied to about what’s being done with their data,” says Matt Fossen of Proton AG, a company that offers an encrypted email...

Gun manufacturers use First Amendment to defend marketing to kids

Backers of firearms manufacturers say a complaint seeking a ban on gun marketing to children is an attempt to criminalize commercial free speech.

Neil Averitt commentary: Many reasons to act on insulin pricing

A conscious parallelism case may be in your future. For the last 15 years, the country has watched in shock and awe as the price of insulin has moved inexorably upward, far outpacing inflation and...

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A look at PayPal founders who went on to even greater successes

It’s not all about sexy brands like LinkedIn, SpaceX and Tesla. Many of the founders of the technology companies that are all the rage these days started out in the more mundane sector of online payments.